A timely exploration of how to be alone - and why it matters now more than ever before
Michael Harris is the author of The End of Absence, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and became a national bestseller in Canada. He writes about media, civil liberties and the arts for dozens of publications, including the Washington Post, Wired, Salon and the Globe and Mail. He lives in Vancouver.
"The leading thinker about technology's corrupting influence on our
collective psyche." * Newsweek *
"An elegant, thoughtful book . . . beautifully expresses the importance and experience of liberation from the battery-hen life of constant connection and crowds." * Daily Mail *
"A compelling study of the subtle ways in which modern life and technologies have transformed our behaviour and sense of self . . . The strength of Harris's argument lies in his showing how seemingly harmless new technologies insidiously influence our ways of being . . . Harris proposes ways in which we can discover ourselves within an increasingly digitally connected world." * Times Literary Supplement *
"I came away from this book a better human being. Michael Harris's take on existence is calm, unique, and makes one's soul feel good yet never once does he rely on feel-good techniques." -- Douglas Coupland
"A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander." -- Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL